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Wenshan Public Assembly Hall

Phone:886-2-23491500 Address:116 116 No. 189, Sec.3, Muzha Rd. (opposite Wenshan District Office), Wenshan Dist., Taipei City
Converted from a weather-beaten principal rsquo;s dormitory of Muzha Elementary School the Japanese-style Wenshan Public Assembly Hall is a mix of pristine and modern old and new. During a negotiation meeting in May 1999 mdash; the purpose of which was to build a consensus over land use between community planners and representatives of NGOs school faculty parents and residents mdash;a series of Local Leaders rsquo; Workshops hearings and general planning sessions were held. The assembly hall project had faced one challenge after another until its groundbreaking ceremony in 2002 and inauguration on October 19th of that same year. A successful example of property renewal the assembly hall has not only given a new breath of life to an exquisite Japanese structure that was first unveiled in 1927 but also emerged as a hub of effort to preserve the neighborhood rsquo;s historical and industrial legacies in the midst of reinforced interest in community engagement. nbsp; nbsp; Built on a 636-m2 estate opposite Wenshan District Office that shoulders Muzha Elementary School with Jingmei River to its east the assembly hall is an elegant symbol of grassroots support and heritage preservation complete with an information desk an auditorium and a multi-purpose outdoor space ideal for lectures public art displays the ldquo;Classroom under the Trees rdquo; participatory landscape projects and exhibitions of all sorts. nbsp; nbsp; In addition to photographic displays illustrating Wenshan District rsquo;s evolution and economic lifelines the assembly hall rsquo;s two-story new building features exhibits and activities at irregular intervals that involve artists civic groups or community organizations (on both floors space is available for rent) in an attempt to encourage high-quality culturally sophisticated living. nbsp; nbsp; The assembly hall rsquo;s old Japanese-era building was remodeled into an open exhibition space available for lease by individual
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